Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Our work with Watsonville schools is growing like spring carrots!  

Third grade students from Alianza Elementary School enjoyed freshly harvested carrots, camaraderie and learning outdoors as part of our spring season of academically enriched after-school programs in the Blooming Classroom.

We were also excited to host new school-day field trips for 120 Amesti Elementary 2nd-graders at the Blooming Classroom in April, and to lead a productive School Garden Meeting and Lesson Share Out for 12 teachers from Amesti and Mintie White Elementary. Our FoodCorps service members, Daiana and Lidia, are providing hands-on garden-based lessons for 15 classes each week – that's 450 students! The school gardens are getting a boost, too, as we pilot a new Watsonville School Garden Corps of college interns at Starlight and Hyde Elementary Schools to help build and maintain garden classrooms and propagate thousands of plant starts. Working with enthusiastic students, teachers and administrators, we're thrilled to be growing these integrated programs and resources to make inspiring gardens a part of everyday life at these schools.

A big thank you to UNFI Foundation, the Pajaro Valley Community Health TrustNaturipe Berry Growers, the Whole Kids Foundation, the Stocker Family Fund of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, and a generous anonymous donor for making this all possible!

"There's a real difference between knowing about something and knowing something. A child could know everything there is to know about carrots; but when she wriggles her first carrot out of the soil, she knows that vegetables are delicious, she knows that the food we eat comes from the earth, and she knows that she's part of a web of life."

~ Whitney Cohen, Life Lab Education Director

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More from our Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop: making Garden journals and gazing out over our edible flowers 🌻 @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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More photos from our 2-day Sowing the Seeds of Wonder workshop from this past weekend… Seed exploration, mud pies… #ssow #sowingtheseedsofwonder #lifelab @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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We hosted a fabulous Sowing the Seeds of Wonder Early Childhood Education workshop here in our Garden Classroom! We designed our own garden on a cracker, made Garden Creatures out of natural materials and so much more! #ssow #lifelab #lifelabgardenclassroom #gardenclassroom @ Life Lab See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum to their cutting edge professional development, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.
Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside
Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom